Hearing Discovery Center
Distinctive Services for Individuals with Hearing Loss
The Hearing Discovery Center (HDC) helps older adults respond to the leading disability of aging – hearing loss – through support, counseling, informational resources, educational programs and a free lending library of assistive listening devices.
The Hearing Discovery Center is a branch of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Lending Library and a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).
Free Lending Library
In a one to two- week trial, borrowers can determine whether a device meets their needs before buying the device on the open market. Some examples of devices the HDC lends out include:
- Amplified telephones
- Smoke alarms with strobe lights
- Flashing alarm clocks
The HDC does not sell or buy hearing aids but as a collection site for the Hear Now Foundation, old hearing aids can be refurbished and given to those in need.
The Hearing Discovery Center organizes the Hearing Loss Association of Delaware County and meets quarterly.
The Hearing Discovery Center is located at the Friendship Circle Senior Center which is located at:
1515 Lansdowne Avenue,
Darby, PA 19023.
Contact information: Donna Schumacher, Program Coordinator
Phone : (484) 534 2033
TTY/FAX : 610- 237-1504
Coming from I-95 and Main St. Darby, proceed up Main St. This becomes Lansdowne Ave. as you cross MacDade Blvd. From this direction you come to the Hospital overpass at the traffic light. There you turn right to pass the Medical Office Building and Mercy Wellness Center. Proceed into the parking lot and on to Friendship Circle as described above.
SEPTA Bus route 113 from 69th St. Terminal stops at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital. From the bus stop walk past the Medical Office Building, pass through the parking lot and continue to the Friendship Circle red brick building beyond the parking lot. The bus runs every 30 min. from the 69th St. Terminal or the Marcus Hook end of the line via Darby.
Resources for Hearing Loss
Hearing Loss Association of America
Hearing Loss Association of America - Pennsylvania Chapter
Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
Alexander Graham Bell Association
American Tinnitus Association
PA Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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